Doncaster residents remember loved ones to mark Day of the Dead

A Halloween parade through Rossington.

A Halloween parade through Rossington.

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Doncaster residents marked Halloween in a very unique way - by hosting a Latin inspired event to celebrate the lives of lost loved ones.

Hundreds of people gathered at The Dell gardens in Hexthorpe Flatts Park on Saturday to mark The Day of the Dead - an event celebrated annually throughout Mexico to remember the lives of deceased friends and relatives.

The stunning parade in Rossington.

The stunning parade in Rossington.

Artists at the Right Up Our Street arts project came up with the idea for a spooky celebration with a difference and encouraged residents to tell them stories about their lost loved ones.

These poignant memories then inspired the day’s events, which included a lantern procession to the bandstand, face-painting and singing.

Janet Wood, arts development worker, said: “We worked in the community gathering people’s stories and we were so touched by how many people wanted to talk and share their experiences of losing loved ones.

“We wanted to help people to address loss in this celebratory way to help them overcome personal grief.”

Artwork at the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Artwork at the Day of the Dead celebrations.

The unique Halloween celebrations continued in Rossington when about 100 residents joined in a parade through the village while holding up spooky handmade Halloween crafts.

Residents wore costumes and carried artwork designed in conjunction with the Handmade Parade company from Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire which led workshops in the village in the run up to the event.